Postcards from Cookie by Caroline Clarke

Postcards from Cookie

Award-winning journalist and host of Black "Enterprise" Business Report Caroline Clarke's moving memoir of her surprise discovery of her birthmother—Cookie Cole, the daughter of Nat King Cole—and the relationship that blossomed between them through the heartfelt messages they exchanged on hundreds of postcards.Caroline Clarke was born in an era when adoptions were shameful, secret, and sealed. While she wondered about her biological parents,...

Details Postcards from Cookie

TitlePostcards from Cookie
Release DateApr 15th, 2014
GenreNonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir, Biography, Biography Memoir

Reviews Postcards from Cookie

  • Denise Billings
    Loved the intensity of the emotions Caroline shared with us. The meticulous attention to detail. The research behind the stories. The joy we shared with her once she found and finally laid eyeballs and hands on her birth mother. Thank God for the social worker at Spence-Chapin. She was limited in the information she could share with Clarke about her adoption, but she said, "I would encourage you to follow up on whatever you may be feeling." The s...
  • Cosima
    Caroline Clarke's memoir about finding her birth mother is well-told in "Postcards from Cookie". You would think that the connection to Nat King Cole would have been the most extraordinary element to their connection but the twists and turns kept coming. Their story is crazy enough to be a Lifetime movie (this time I mean that in a good way). Clarke's journalistic side shows in both the attention to detail and in her refined and reflective writin...
  • LiteraryMarie
    Investigating details from the adoption agency report and contacting a college friend starts Caroline's journey to connect with her birth mother, nicknamed Cookie. A life-changing relationship begins and grows with phone calls, e-mails and so many postcards that Caroline has to empty drawers to store them all.Postcards from Cookie is an extraordinary true story of discovery and the appreciation for written communication. Not every adopted person ...
  • Winter Sophia Rose
    Moving, Compelling & Emotional! A Riveting Read! I Loved It!
  • D. George
    When she was eight years old, Caroline Clarke learned she was adopted. A few decades later, when wondering about some health issues, she went to the agency where she'd been adopted and was given a detailed report about her birth mother - and was stunned to realize she *knew* the family, and had been friends with one of her aunts since she was 16. The most mindblowing revelation - Caroline learned that she was Nat King Cole's granddaughter. (Tho t...
  • Jeanette
    So few reviews on this one, so I'm a bit daunted on only 3 starring it. Which is a good rating. But not a great rating.Which fits this memoir completely, because it holds no more than a 3 star content. It's written with precision, oftentimes hour by hour events, with the entire story being of more than a minimal interest to any celeb or music fan, for sure. But overall- it is like a wonderful 8 line ditty that was elongated to become an opera. Th...
  • Maureen
    This book made me want to read other books by Caroline Clarke. I picked it up because it was an adoption-related book, but I enjoyed it for so many more reasons. It was well written and flows well causing the reader to want to continue on to the next chapter to see what will happen next. Although this is a non-fiction book, it reads a lot like a fiction book with plenty of things to keep the reader guessing. I imagine part of the draw is celebrit...
  • Mary
    I loved this book.It's about motherhood, quest for identity, andthe author Clarke really knows how to write.A true page turner. I'm giving it toall my mother friends for mother's day!
  • Kristin D.
    Picked up this book on a whim at a sale because my best friend’s mom is known as Cookie. To my surprise it is an incredibly moving and challenging memoir about family and the intersecting web of challenges and joys. The fact that you soon realize you “know” many of the players in this complex saga make it all the more intriguing. Worth a read for sure.
  • Staci Newring
    I absolutely loved,"Postcards from Cookie," a memoir of motherhood, miracles, and a whole lot of mail. From the beginning you feel like you are on Carolines' journey to connect with the mother that gave her up for adoption. Caroline had a happy childhood and was raised by parents she loved.Her trip to the adoption agency was not because she wanted to meet her birth parents, but instead to seek medical information. To her surprise the minimal info...
  • Linda
    For me, the first 30% of this book was just OK. I think it all came down to the fact that there was no tension. Caroline Clarke described her life as being as about as perfect as a life can be. Perfect is wonderful, but it is boring as a plot for a book. Clarke created a little suspense by trying to have it both ways. On one hand she said she didn’t want to find her birth mother, but clearly she did. I just didn’t care. I even skipped a lot o...
  • Jackie
    Wow! What a story! I can’t imagine having been Caroline. Discovering you are adopted is one thing. Can you imagine finding out you were given up for adoption not because the family couldn’t afford to keep you but because they could? Not only that, but you’ve now known this family for 20+ years and didn’t know they were YOUR family.This hidden secret of a well-known, wealthy, dysfunctional family opened eyes and wounds. Caroline and Cookie...
  • Dona
    Very well done. I loving tribute and engaging story by Caroline Clarke who discovers her birth mother, Cookie Cole, the adopted daugher of Maria and Nat King Cole. Cookie, who gave birth as an unwed mother, was sent off to New York City alone, to have her baby to avoid the scandal that her pregnancy might have on her family. Cookie never stopped the baby girl she was forced to give up for adoption. When her telephone rang thirty-seven years later...
  • Renee
    Excellent book. Not every birth mother/adoptee reconnection will have this happy ending but this book has a lot of sweet and tender moments mixed in with growing pains of trying to get to know someone that is vastly different from you although genes are shared.I recommend reading the book while listening to Re:Generations by Nat King Cole. The repuprosed/remixed work of the mid 20th century artist greatly underscore the way we connect to families...
  • Marisa Gonzalez
    Memoir of a woman who was adopted and discovers her mom was the adopted daughter of Nat King Cole. I found the beginning of this book very interesting but it dragged towards the end. The author and her mom were too different. It was best that they didn't get too close or it could have been a difficult relationship. I also didn't like how the author seemed to brag in certain parts of the book.
  • Carol Read
    This book was selected for my January book club. I enjoyed the Black Enterprise book Ms. Clarke authored/edited and I wanted to like this memoir/story, about a woman in her thirties learning about her heritage and meeting her biological mother but the elitism and bragging that seeped through this story prevented that. (Note I am not opposed to success and family legacies since it is something I have and currently am the recipient of and enjoy the...
  • Fern Chapman
    My favorite memoirs employ fictional techniques to tell a true story. This one, like some of the other memoirs I've read recently (ELSEWHERE by Richard Russo), feels TOLD. It's more like a recorded journal for the author's own purposes. Consequently, the reader doesn't experience the full power of the story.
  • Deb Ruth
    As a family historian, this book speaks to me about roots and heritage. I was hooked as soon as Caroline discovers the identity of her mother, who gave her up for adoption. The story unfold with many unexpected twists and turns. I enjoyed following along with the author on her journey of mixed emotions to final acceptance. Highly recommend.
  • Pam
    After a few chapters, I began to feel that this story was like some strange dessert that I can't stop eating but that I don't really like. While Caroline Clarke's story is amazing, the story as it is told is just too sweet, too drawn out and perhaps that is how it felt to her as well. All I can say is I really had a love/hate relationship with this book.
  • D.
    An incredible story of an adoptee finding & connecting with her birthmother & family. The story encompasses all of the mystery, happiness & sadness of life. Well-written & engaging from the first page.
  • Caitlin
    This is an amazing, deeply compelling story that is competently told. The author is a journalist, so the writing is fine, but she's no Mary Karr or Jeanette Walls. I think it's definitely worth reading despite the author's shortcomings, though. I think the story will stick with me.
  • Patricia Burnside
    Interesting history and personal. Hard to read every page because it was too wordy. I think if there was a graph of who people were, their real names and their nicknames, it would have been easier to understand. Personal insight into adoption.
  • Debbie
    Recommended by my cousin Anne, It was a tale of adoption, family relationships, birth, death, emotions. Sometimes I wondered what was the point of me reading it, but then there would be something applicable to my life.
  • Tiffany
    I absolutely loved Postcards from Cookie: A Memoir of Motherhood, Miracles, and a Whole Lot of Mail. A brilliantly written story. An extraordinary journey that leads to an unbelievable discovery of truth, love and family. It's well worth reading.
  • Susan Stonesifer
    It was amazing to me that Ms. Clarke knew one of her aunts and had met her grandmother! It was also interesting that having discovered her birth mother she was uninterested in finding her birth father. In any case, quite the story of the 60s, adoption, and Nat King Cole's family.
  • Sheila
    This book I believe had a strong beginning. I really enjoyed. The author gave a lot of detailed information that people would not have known about her family. It did get a bit wordy towards the ending for me. It felt a bit dragged out. Overall, it was a good read.
  • Gale
    Had a lot of relevance to my own family. I was very touched by it.
  • Diana Eberhardt
    Heartbreaking, yet punctuated with bits and moments of joy.
  • Paula
    Interesting, an easy read